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the united states is the last country in the developed west to execute criminals. about fifty percent of americans are for the death penalty and fifty percent against it. our capital punishment system is flawed this is not a matter of vengeance it's a matter of just the best that we believe serves as a deterrent capital punishment is tainted by racial disparity having my father's killers executed and nothing me a sense of closure is it to restore society or is it to manage a few typical lives should your life be taken justice is about us as a society. nine
hundred eighty two was my first execution. i was a correctional officer. one of my main jobs were to save lives so when it came down to execution i had to transform myself into a person that would take a life. jerry givens was appointed executioner in one thousand nine hundred seventy seven when the united states reinstated the death penalty. he grew up in the housing projects of richmond virginia. and remembers one tragic night at a party. when i was a teenager i witness a young lady are shocked by before my eyes i want to be when quite a young lady because. i was. told if.
my thing is that if a person take a life of another person in that person's life should be taken and that's what i believe. jerry received training to operate the electric chair and later to administer lethal injections. he became chief executioner in one thousand nine hundred two. i would say my team members take pride in the work that preparations. get in this person brady plays make step in my prepare him just to see is key it's for the last time and. a last kiss of his mother says to me is a wife or daughter. with all of human you know in this is one human that had made a mistake. we had to carry out the orders. outside of his team of eight jerry told no one about his work as an executioner not even
his wife. we would keep it a secret and i kept it a secret from my my family. since one thousand nine hundred seventy seven other executioners across the united states have put over a thousand four hundred sixty people to death it's a punishment the supposed to be reserved for the worst of the worst. it was a gorgeous day it was a beautiful morning we met some friends in boston and. twenty three thousand runners and half a million spectators gathered for the boston marathon. karen brossard her husband and daughter which cheering a friend over the finish line. we were there for maybe ten or fifteen
minutes all excited with the crowd watching everybody come through and suddenly it was this incredibly loud. explosion. was. seven of us there six of us were injured. one of our friends lost both of my legs that. i knew that my husband was pretty badly injured. my daughter. from her. and i had trapped. the two blasts injured over two hundred sixty people and killed three including
krystal campbell. and eight year old martin richard. police pursued two brothers in a dramatic manhunt. six year old tamar alonzo meyer was killed in a shootout. again later police captured the younger brother dzhokhar alive. over the next few months karen braun in their daughter like many of the bombing victims had to undergo multiple surgeries. going to try to not let this. i'm not going to let this prevent me from living a life that i want to live. i'm not going to be afraid.
later that summer karen traveled from a home in new hampshire to boston for sinai of serene meant at the federal court. we were all seated together and he walked out he didn't look at any of us but his hand was obviously entered and my immediate response was i hope that her i hope it's painful. that was not like me. and the recognition of that about me was scared because that isn't who i am. have pled not guilty to all thirty counts seventeen punishable by death. the federal prosecutor asked victims if the u.s. should seek the death penalty. were i don't know. i don't know. i
don't know what justice is. i got an e-mail. terrorist acts where much more common are the murders and other violent acts that happen every day across the united states. in philadelphia shannon schieber was finishing her first year of graduate school. she had been up studying it was early thursday morning before i would say it was friday morning. about two o'clock in the morning she was prepared to go but. the assailant who attacked or. he pried open her sliding door. she screamed for help but she was being attacked. the next door neighbor heard that he called nine one one.
but. he told him that he heard his neighbor say a scream for help and he heard like a choking he said. the police arrived within twenty minutes they knocked on the door but no one answered. the next day when shannon didn't show up for a lunch date with her brother shawn he drove her apartment building. all of she and its neighbors came down and answered the door and sean said i'm trying to reach my sister i can't reach her. the guy just would pale so my god i called the police last night they were running up the steps they broke open her door and she was laying naked on her bed.
by the time we got to philadelphia though the police were swarming the radley apartment building and they let us know immediately that she had been attacked and that she had been murdered. we were beginning to face the fact that part of us had died and i mean it it hit us very quickly. i just remember a prince that we'd be able to gather to get through this. that weekend they attended mass. when we got to the lord's prayer. saying the lord's prayer out loud was
a real confrontation. forgive us our trespasses as we preach of those who trespass against him. i had to abandon something i had been saying. often probably thoughtlessly thousands of times over my over my life. and if anyone would have asked us what would you want to do if you if you ever found who did this i didn't i just why be so angry i want i want him dead to maybe i don't know i never had this happen it was just so painful. eight days later she burst buried their twenty three year old daughter. around.
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decided do when someone commits a horrific act of violence. for centuries seeking justice was a community affair. and disproportionate blame fell on the poor mentally disabled and people of color. in the eighteen hundreds some capital offenses were targeted specifically at slaves the stablish in a racial bias the continues today. executions reached a historic peak in the one nine hundred thirty s. averaging one hundred sixty seven per year but then in one thousand thirty six. a gruesome execution caught the attention of the media. on aug fourteenth in
owensboro kentucky. raney of the thea was publicly hanged by a white sheriff's many thought but the oh was innocent. one new york times reporter wrote ten thousand white persons some jaring another's festive saw prayerful black men put to death today and davies county's piton gallus . the outcry over rainy bothy is hanging did not put an end to capital punishment instead it drove executions behind prison walls out of public view. state officials built death houses and institutionalized the practice. it's a death by formula it's a scripted death in the beginning it was hanging it was not only hanging but it was public and so you see the crowds come in and bring in a picnic lunch and celebrating then we move from hanging to the electric chair and
then we began to hammer the horror stories that happened out of the electric chair . and then has been a move to lethal injection and lethal injection is likely going medicinal so that we'll just be putting them to sleep. but not everyone agrees. the idea that they should go out in an opiate haze that it should be a pleasant that is absolutely perverse. the debate about the death penalty has become increasingly polarized and politicized we want a system that they are we want a system that respects the dignity of human beings the idea that we were executing innocent people was terrifying and there was just no way that we hadn't and that we want some people kill. with an attitude so callous
heinous sadistic that they have forfeited their right to live i believe in a deterrent of one and that is when we execute this person we know he will never kill again why is it. that the death penalty really comes down to in many cases just where you live who your d.n.a. is we cannot recognize injustice when we see at people of not being treated fairly and people not getting a fair shot you can be critical but you can be critical of the idea that the government has the right to kill. and also hold passion and concern for victims maybe in some books of justice the person for this act deserves to die but do we as a society deserve to kill them. today capital punishment largely falls to the state in which the crime was committed. and laws and methods vary widely. most states use lethal injection. but some still use gas
chambers. the electric chair. hanging. and firing squads. carrying out the death penalty is intrusted to specially trained guards like jerry givens. of the sixty two executions the jerries conducted thirty seven where by electrocution and twenty five by lethal injection. lethal injection is considered the more humane form but for jerry that made the job of killing another person a lot tougher. when you talk about execution and electrocution is a button you push and washing push the button. throws in and then the cat comes out. and. that's all i had to do was push
a button. but when it come down to death by lethal injection you have seven tunes. a chemicals. you have four flushes and three deadly chemicals that is inserted into this man and my self as the execution arm at the end of each the rant. pushing the poison. down to two and to the body so are more attach to this person then it is pushing a button then release and then they let the current flow by itself fifteen days prior to an execution the condemned would be moved to the death chamber where jerry and his team worked. all nine of us were executions and we felt that a good excuse and that's what we stood by. the preparation was mental as well
as physical we practice and practice and practice prior to execution. each of us knew our jobs out sign it and we never allow ourselves to get that close to anyone you know we train for that we train this way you don't get that close to . the day of the execution. twenty four hours prior to that we we have a call a death watch. a guy will at differently because he knew that this is the last everything. this is a serial way to condemn sperry's. this is where the warden really is don't want this clergy person. so with him. doing this course of the day you can d.m.
is given a shower his last meal his last visitations. by six o'clock hour preparations were stopped into the inmate is placed today. at home in new hampshire karen and her family were slowly recovering from their injuries. not some much for wasm physical abilities things like. specially for me my rose colored glasses you know. just the reality. that. people are. different. things are not the same. when even with one eye.
working through things and i'm working through things that. it had been six months since the bombing and karen had not yet seen her good friend celeste who was with them at the finish line and lost both her legs in the planning. initially i. i couldn't bring myself. to do so. because i doubt. you. celeste and sixteen others lost limbs that day. ron was one of the lucky ones doctors were able to save his leg but the trauma and pain still lingered. we're going to have to work for a long time to get to bear new normal whatever that going to be.
after months of deliberation attorney general eric holder announced the u.s. would seek the death penalty. the defense will argue that zocor was pressured into it by his older brother that he was a popular well liked college kid led astray. and i agree and i and i. but i. just can't still pending. karen son was the same age is no car. didn't seem like such a hard decision when it was abstract. you know i've got family and friends who are very religious and don't believe in it and that i have others who
say. it's the right thing to do they're so sure. i don't know that it's right for me to make that decision to take someone else's life. in philadelphia shannon's killer was still on the loose the she worst pressed france or so but the police had none. it's just like you're in a coma you mean you're just like walking through something but you you don't know exactly how you're going to deal with them how am i ever ever going to get through this. this is tremendous sense of loss. and you know for some time i could visualize feeling that walking through a door squawking in the house and walking through the door seeing our daugherty and
she told me. she was so kind and generous and loving and helpful and she always we come to us and say mom dad i have to make a difference. sharon was a little mini thing. she had a tremendous appetite. for learning everybody loves shannon everybody loved her she was a little extreme way moving over. in their grief vicki and still turn to each other and reached out for support. it just takes time and doesn't you know everybody goes down a different path in a different time line to this journey toward healing to begin attending support meetings for families of murder victims. there they saw the devastating toll of sorrow and anger. the father of one of the murdered daughters we know well took his first drink and he never stopped for a year and then she lost his job and marriage. but welch's daughter was one of one
hundred sixty six people killed in the timothy mcveigh bombing of oklahoma city. one night about a year later he woke up in the morning and he had this dream and his daughter julie was there telling him dad had he murdered me are you going to let him murder whole family. also saw the high price people paid for putting their lives on hold as they waited for an execution. we start finding out what murder victims' families go through if you decide to say look i want that man executed it would take fifteen twenty years as much longer for it actually to happen and we just saw the effects that this had on these family members we saw it destroying their lives.
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